Full-time: France 2-1 Republic of Ireland

  • Hosts advance to the quarter-finals after an impressive second-half fightback in Lyon
  • Republic of Ireland took the lead early on through Robbie Brady's penalty after Shane Long had been tripped by Paul Pogba
  • France struggled throughout the opening 45 minutes but two goals in the space of 225 seconds from Antoine Griezmann turned the last-16 tie on its head
  • The Atletico Madrid star emphatically headed Bacary Sagna's cross beyond Darren Randolph before collecting an excellent knockdown from Olivier Giroud to notch again
  • Ireland tired quickly after their exertions against Italy in midweek and were reduced to 10 men when last man Shane Duffy was rightfully dismissed for bringing down Griezmann
  • Didier Deschamps' side will now face either England or Iceland at the Stade de France next Sunday night
  • Adil Rami and N'Golo Kante will miss that last-eight fixture after each collecting their second yellow card of the tournament
  • Other last-16 matches today: Germany vs Slovakia, Hungary vs Belgium
  • Two arrested in Belgium after anti-terror raids stop Euro 2016 attack
  • Nice airport evacuated by army after 'suspicious bag' found two days before England Euro 2016 match
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That is all from me for now, but you can join my IBTimes UK colleague Tony Mogan for live coverage of Germany vs Slovakia from Lille. Steve Busfield will be along later to keep you fully abreast of Hungary's clash with Belgium.

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Heartbreak for Ireland, who looked so comfortable in that first half only to see the game turn completely on its head in the space of just three second-half minutes. Had they held on for a little longer at 1-1, then you may have fancied them to take it to extra-time. Both O'Neill's committed team and the supporters have been a credit to the tournament.

France flattered to deceive once again for large parts, but in Griezmann, Pogba, Payet et al they have an array of stellar individual attacking talent who are all capable of being match-winners on their day. They looked less than impressive at the back and the loss of their defensive shield in Kante will be a concern ahead of the quarter-finals. Rami will also be suspended.




France 2-1 Republic of Ireland


Griezmann is slipped through by Payet but is again denied his hat-trick by a good save from Randolph. One last chance now for Ireland to pump a long ball forward.


Ireland are out on their feet here and France are content just to run down the clock with a series of short passes.

Sissoko has come on for Coman, who must have picked up a knock considering that he himself was only introduced at half-time.


Hendrick is perhaps fortunate not to see a second yellow for a rather reckless sliding challenge on Coman near the dugouts.

Three minutes of added time for Ireland to find a leveller from somewhere.


Gignac and Payet both try their luck to no avail. Long then combines with Walters and looks to tee up Brady, but the Norwich man is kept in check by Evra.


Lively substitute Gignac steals a march on Keogh but can only steer Matuidi's left-wing cross wide.

Ireland counter and Walters, who came on for Murphy a little earlier, sends his shot the wrong side of the post.


Long has also now picked up a yellow card, so he too will miss the quarter-final in the unlikely event that Ireland now get that far.


Still France pour forward and Randolph has to be alert to turn away Matuidi's sneaky cross-cum-shot at his near post. Griezmann then just fails to connect with a lovely ball from Payet.


Gignac, the former Lorient, Toulouse and Marseille striker who now plies his club trade with Tigres UANL of the Mexican top-flight, has the chance to land the killer blow but his first effort is saved by Randolph before a brilliant curling strike cannons back off the crossbar.

Ireland are still alive but very much on the ropes.

Andre-Pierre Gignac
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Giroud shakes the hand of replacement Gignac as he walks off. Not a vintage performance from the Gunners frontman by any means, but his contribution for Griezmann's first goal was vital.


Griezmann is very eager to add a third. However, his close-range free-kick clatters off Giroud and wide.

O'Neill brings on O'Shea for McClean to plug that defensive gap and Hoolahan has also replaced McCarthy. How Ireland could desperately use some more late heroics from him.


Not long after McClean gets to the byline and sees his low pass towards Long cut out by Koscielny, France launch another attack as Giroud threads a ball through for the run of Griezmann.

As he closes is on a hat-trick, the Atletico Madrid star is sent tumbling by a mistimed sliding challenge from last man Duffy. It's a free-kick right on the edge of the box rather than a penalty, but the young centre-back is still rightly handed his marching orders.

This has all unravelled devastatingly quickly for Ireland. 20 minutes left for the 10 men to draw level.

Shane Duffy
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Red card: Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland)


Yes, they can. And what were we saying about those hopeless long passes up towards Giroud?

The latest comes from Koscielny, but this time his Arsenal teammate climbs above Keogh to win a brilliant knockdown. With both centre-backs going for the same ball, a huge gap opens up for Griezmann to coolly notch his second of the afternoon with a low, left-footed strike into the corner.

Two goals in 225 seconds from France have knocked the stuffing out of Ireland. Can they muster a response or is this last-16 tie now out of reach?

Antoine Griezmann
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Goal: France 2-1 Republic of Ireland (Antoine Griezmann)


58 minutes on the clock and France inevitably get their equaliser. Payet fires a quick pass out to Bacary Sagna on the right and he produces a terrific cross that Griezmann powerfully heads beyond the helpless Randolph.

Cheers of joy and relief around the Stade de Lyon. Can they push on and grab a winner?

Antoine Griezmann
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Goal: France 1-1 Republic of Ireland (Antoine Griezmann)


Matuidi, who has had a very quiet Euro 2016 campaign to date, lets fly with a powerful 25-yard strike that goes through the defender's legs before being beaten wide by Randolph.


Ireland come within a whisker of a second goal. An effective counter-attack ends in an enticing low cross from McClean towards Long, who gets ahead of Evra but is denied a tap-in by the outstretched hand of Lloris.

France quickly grab the initiative again as Payet drags an effort not far wide.



Hendrick and Coleman, both of whom are on a yellow card, team up to bring down Payet.

His free-kick is flicked on towards the back post by Pogba, where Koscielny dives to head just wide. That was close.


The second half is off and running. Deschamps has made one change at half-time, replacing defensive midfielder Kante with a pacy attacking talent in Coman.

Commendable ambition, but will that have the desired effect?